Exercise Cutlass Express 2022

02/20/2022
In a press release published on February 6, 2022, the U.S. Sixth Fleet and the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa announced the launch of Exercise Cutlass Express 2022. DJIBOUTI - Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational…

The Bataclan Attack in 2015: Now the Trial Six Years Later

11/30/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris. Can you remember where you were on Friday 13 November 2015 is the big question, following the opening of a criminal trial for what has become known as the Bataclan attack. The court hearing, which opened Sept. 8,2021 has heard survivors, police, intelligence officers, and political…

Australia and Indonesia Work Maritime Security

10/26/2021
According to an Australian Department of Defence article published on October 24, 2021, Australia and Indonesia are conducted combined maritime patrols. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to enhance security along our shared maritime border as part of AUSINDO CORPAT…

Shaping Resilience: A Key Element for the Defense of Liberal Democracies

10/18/2021
By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to discuss with Air Vice-Marshal (Retired) John Blackburn the work he been engaged in since last I was in Australia in March 2020. The team has recently released a final report on the challenges facing Australia to become a more resilient society…

Shaping New Global Disaster Mitigation Capabilities from the Sea: The Creation of IntSAR

06/18/2021
By Robbin Laird It is not often that one is present at the creation of new organization focused on providing a positive response to global crises. But such is the case of being able to interview the head of IntSAR and to talk about their plans for providing for global…

Operation Southern Discovery in Antarctica.

03/24/2021
By Flight Lieutenant Lain Thorn 4 March 2021 COVID-19 didn’t stop personnel from the mobile air loading team from successfully completing Operation Southern Discovery in Antarctica. The team, from the combat support group, flies cargo missions from Hobart to Antarctica on a C-17A Globemaster during the Austral summer period from…

France and the Sale of Rafale to Egypt: Sans Meteor

03/03/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France withheld the sale of the Meteor long-range, air-to-air missile to Egypt in response to a request from Israel, an arms specialist said. That French decision to forego an order for the Meteor missile differed from an initial withholding of the Scalp cruise missile to…

Uptick in NATO Intercepts of Russian Military Aircraft in Europe

01/14/2021
NATO air forces across Europe scrambled more than 400 times in 2020 to intercept unknown aircraft approaching Alliance airspace. Almost 90 percent of these missions - around 350 - were in response to flights by Russian military aircraft. This is a moderate increase from 2019. Russian military aircraft often do…